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A new year in lab safety: What will the new year bring? Can it be worse than last year?

Medical Environment Update, January 14, 2021

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Editor’s note: In this guest column, Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, laboratory safety officer for multihospital system Sentara Healthcare in Virginia, and otherwise known as “Dan, the Lab Safety Man,” discusses the important issues that affect your job every day.

As we prepare to say goodbye and good riddance to the year 2020, we hesitatingly welcome 2021. What will the new year bring? Can it be worse than last year? Are we prepared to deal with whatever else may be coming? Did we learn lessons in 2020 that will help us?

These are valid questions for everyone, and they apply equally to lab safety professionals. We dealt with PPE shortages, new and additional testing, staffing shortages, and even the fears felt by our co-workers. Some of these issues persist, but there are ways to deal with them.

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